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Remembrance Day: [11 November 2004].

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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW 10 November 2004

Remembrance Day

Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate, Sandy Macdonald today encouraged residents across NSW to remember those who gave their lives in war.

“Remembrance Day is an opportunity for all of us to recognise those fighting men and women who, over the years, have given their lives in conflicts and wars across the world,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Traditionally on Remembrance Day (November 11) we pause for one minute at 11:00am to remember more than 102,000 Australians who have died in conflict since the Boer War.”

“The 11 November became an important part of our history when in 1918, the Armistice ending World War I was signed on that day. More than 61,000 Australians lost their lives in World War 1.”

“There are now only four Australian veterans remaining from World War 1, so it is up to all Australians to now keep the ANZAC spirit alive and to help educate our younger generations. To fully recognise what a great country we live in, it is important to remember the past and those who helped build Australia and the good things we all take for granted,” he said.

“In these times of increased military tempo, we should also take a moment to recognise the work of Australian Defence Force personnel who are currently on active duty.”

“Australia currently has around 2000 personnel deployed in Iraq, the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and as part of the Coalition against Terrorism. These soldiers, sailers and airmen do us all proud.”

“On this Remembrance Day, I encourage all Australians to pause at 11:00am to remember those who gave their lives in war,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald will be attending the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Tamworth Town Hall tomorrow (11 November 2004) at 10:15.

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